Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Admission to Lewis University alone does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program. Students must apply for program admission after completing an introductory level methods course. All education majors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to enroll in an introductory methods course and a 2.75 cumulative GPA to continue in the program.  Must have successful completion of the Illinois Basic Skills test,Test of Academic Proficiency or a score of 22 on the ACT Plus Writing exam in the past 10 years.

Secondary education students must hold a 2.75 GPA within their academic major. A minimum "C" grade is required in all education courses toward licensure. Procedures and requirements for admission to and retention in the Teacher Education Program are described in the Guide for Initial Teacher Licensure Program Candidates. This publication is available on the College of Education Blackboard site.

Test of Academic Proficiency Test Resources
The College of Education at Lewis University offers a variety of study guides, strategies and resources to help you prepare for the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency.  See the rectangular link on the right side of the College of Education Home page under Helpful Links to access this information.

Specific programs also have specific requirements. Contact your admission advisor for more details.

Graduate Admission Requirements
Note: the following prerequisites are shared by the following programs.
  • Educational Leadership, M.A., M. Ed.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement with M. Ed. Option
  • Reading and Literacy, M.A.
  • Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Teacher Endorsement, M. Ed.
  • Curriculum and Teacher Leadership, M. Ed.
  • Secondary Education, M.A.
  • Special Education, M.A.

ADVANCED LICENSURE

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
  • An Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Fulfillment of House Bill 150 (Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents or Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities).
  • Successful completion of Illinois Basic Skills,Test of Academic Proficiency or a score of 22 on the ACT Plus Writing exam in the past 10 years.
  • Successful completion of Lewis' COE Graduate Writing Examination.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. (To qualify for full admission, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the final 60 hours is required.)
  • Submission of a graduate application form with non-refundable application fee, two letters of recommendation, and official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended.
  • Meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director for a personal interview to discuss your educational goals.

Specific Graduate Program Prerequisites

Elementary Education, M.A. Program Prerequisites:
  • Meet all general education requirements.
  • Complete eighteen hours in a middle school endorsement area.
  • Obtain a Substitute Certificate.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. (To qualify for full admission, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the final 60 hours is required.)
Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology Program Prerequisites:
  • International students whose first language is not English, must certify proficiency in reading and writing English. A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) should be in the 65th percentile for nationality group, or higher.
  • Completion of a Graduate Writing Requirement during the first semester of graduate study.
Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Program Prerequisites:
  • Current Professional Educator License.
  • Two years successful teaching or school service personnel experience.
  • Survey of the Exceptional Child Requirement (105IL CS 5/21-2a).
  • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. (To qualify for full admission, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required.)
Education Leadership Doctoral Program Prerequisites:
  • Hold at minimum a master's degree in an educationally-related field from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Complete a written essay on a topic identified by the College of Education.
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination scores (valid within last 5 years).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or advisors.
  • Submit a previously completed scholarly paper.
  • Complete a personal interview.
Learn about specific graduate admission procedures for the different categories of graduate student enrollment, including:
  • Full Admission Status
  • Provisional Admission Status
  • Student-at-Large Status